It takes a village to make Christmas happen at our Parish. Not Santa’s village or even the whole village of Barrington, but our own little village of disciples, especially those who have taken on the added service of ministry around the altar and worship space where we spend our Eucharistic time together.
We may not all realize what a challenge it is to put all of this together when Christmas Eve falls right after a weekend, and all the preparation and set up time has to be collapsed into fewer hours than usual. We are so very grateful to everyone who stepped up and helped to move things forward. Now, acknowledging the danger of trying to thank everyone, and with apologies in advance to those inadvertently left out, the list includes:
● Georgene, the loving “mother” of the sacristy and all those who assemble there, for over- seeing all the liturgies with such great love and attention to the people involved as well as the detail
- Our Mass Coordinators and others who assist in preparation for Mass and assure that we have enough people to do the various ministries, as well as cleaning vessels and being ready for the next service
- All of those who serve: ministers of the Eucharist, lectors, servers, ushers, greeters, maintenance, for the extra work you take on for the holidays. Not to mention our priests!
- Karyl and Chuck Schubel and their team who worked so hard and long with the maintenance staff and others to make the church beautiful inside and out, welcoming to all who set eyes on it! I’m always so proud to be a member of a community that uses its talents in such a wonderful ways for the benefit of all.
- Thank you to Jackie Georgiou and her team of wonderful helpers who costumed and rehearsed the children for the Living Christmas Gospel at the 2:30 p.m. Mass. It was such a special moment for all.
- The choir and musicians who not only do double and triple duty and more on these really long weekends, but also take on an extra rehearsal or two to be sure we’re ready. How blessed we are, too, that so many beautiful and talented alumnae and alumni of the Sunday evening Mass joined our current choir to make the 4:30 p.m. music extra special!
- The members of the Barrington Brass quintet, anchored for us by parishioner Joe Shearin and the members of the Chicago Musical Connection for their professional services that add some extra luster to the musicSo, the Christmas season has well begun in our Parish, thanks to all of you. It continues for another two and a half weeks, so continue to enjoy the smells and color of the season through Epiphany (January 6th) and, to a lesser extent, February 2nd, the feast of the Purification. “All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God,” because wherever you go, you bring it with you. It’s visible in the Christmas celebration and in the wonderful work in all the ministries of all the commissions: Community Life, Faith Formation, Human Concerns and Worship. Keep doing what you do with love, because through it, God is saving the world.
Rory Cooney, Director of Music and Liturgical Ministries